The heart has a very high rate of metabolism, meaning that it needs a constant supply of energy — which requires healthy mitochondria.
One of the effects of aging is a decline in mitochondrial function as well as a reduction in the number of mitochondria in cells, especially cells of the heart, skeletal muscles, and the brain — all of which are highly metabolic tissues.
A number of natural compounds have been shown to improve heart function and protect the heart:
• L-carnitine (acetyl-L-carnitine)
Most of these compounds also protect blood vessels and prevent atherosclerosis. Curcumin, triphala, L-carnitine, and tocotrienols improve the function of endothelia, which are the inner linings of blood vessels.
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